Spanish imports continue to have a positive evolution as the country imported 869,000 tons of fruits and vegetables from EU countries and 1.03 million tons of fruits and vegetables from non-European countries in the first half of the year, i.e. 9% more -in both cases- than in the same period of 2020.
The value of Spanish fruit and vegetable imports from the EU in the first semester increased by 4%, to 525.8 million euro, according to data from the Customs and Excise Department of the Tax Agency processed by Fepex.
This increase was driven by imports from the Netherlands, Italy, and Portugal. Spain imported 124,622 tons of fruit and vegetables from the Netherlands, i.e. 20% more than in the first half of 2020, for a value of 91.7 million euro. Spain imported 98,943 tons (+ 8%) of fruits and vegetables worth 102 million euro (+ 25%) from Portugal and 83,867 tons (+ 49%) worth 89 million euro (+ 21%) from Italy. Meanwhile, purchases from France, the leading Community supplier in Spain, fell by 2% in volume, totaling 461,226 tons, and 143.4 million euro (-18%).
In the first six months of 2021, the volume and value of Spanish imports from non-European countries increased by 9% over the same period of 2020 totaling 1.03 million tons and 1,247 million euro. Morocco was the leading non-European supplier with 348,055 tons (-3%) and 562 million euro (+ 2%). It was followed by Costa Rica with 158,554 tons (+ 19%) and 92.5 million euro (+ 10%), and Peru with 108,479 tons (+ 23%) and 175.5 million euro (+ 17%).